Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Oxford
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Oxford restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 88 restaurants in Oxford and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Oxford restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Perch French restaurant in Oxford Binsey Ln - OX2
The Perch is Oxford’s best kept secret. A destination pub on Port Meadow serving excellent, farmhouse-style British food with a seasonal edge and open to all comers.
The Perch is one of Oxford’s oldest and most charming pubs. We’re right by the river on Port Meadow in a lo...
2. The Oxford Kitchen British restaurant in Oxford 215 Banbury Rd - OX2
Relaxed fine dining in Oxford.
Now recognised as one of the most exciting dining outlets in the city, The Oxford Kitchen’s reputation for fine modern British cuisine is built around the inspired creations of Executive Chef John Footman, whose food has the critics talking.
3. Cherwell Boathouse British, Modern restaurant in Oxford Bardwell Road - OX2
The Cherwell Boathouse is beautifully located on the banks of the river Cherwell close to the center of Oxford . The restaurant serves modern English food complimented with an award wining wine list . Al fresco dining is available , alongside Oxford largest punting station . ...
4. Oli's Thai Thai restaurant in Oxford 38 Magdalen Rd - OX4
“This is proper Thai food – the very best you could eat”; it may be “tiny”, but this “basic” café “has achieved cult status” locally owing to its “incredibly flavoursome” food; “you have to be very organised to get a table”, though... “the waiting time is 6-8 weeks”!
5. Chiang Mai Thai restaurant in Oxford Kemp Hall Passage, 130A High Street - OX1
“Still going strong” and “still serving some of the best Thai food in the UK” outside of London – this atmospheric haunt occupies a quirky, medieval building, hidden away just off the High Street, and its “Tudor setting and Thai accoutrements blend seamlessly for a great overall ambience”.
6. Sojo Chinese restaurant in Oxford 6-9 Hythe Bridge St - OX1
In contention as the venue for “the best Chinese food in Oxford” – this “busy, buzzy, authentic” spot serves some “awesome” dishes and is “spot on with the heat”; it “can be hard to get a table and it’s rather noisy, but those are almost the only drawbacks”.
7. My Sichuan Chinese restaurant in Oxford The Old School, Gloucester Grn - OX1
“For taste, wow… just wow!” – “amazing” dishes “with lots of exotic items like frogs’ legs and ducks’ tongues” are all part of the “unabashedly in-yer-face” culinary style (“some stuff you’ll need to pluck up courage for”) of this centrally located, former school house, next to the bus station. “It’s not a good option if you don’t appreciate chilli heat”, but “it’s the closest thing to Chinese food, outside of China” and “the clientele are nearly always over 50% Chinese”. Top Menu Tip – “the cumin ribs are really, really good”.
8. Atomic Burger Burgers, etc restaurant in Oxford 92 Cowley Rd - OX4
A “very popular” if “oddly funky” venue (“decorated with toys from decades gone by”); the “cheery” staff are “still serving up massive, delicious, pick-and-mix style burgers and sides” from a “huge” and “well-priced” menu.
9. Al-Shami Lebanese restaurant in Oxford 25 Walton Cr - OX1
“Chatty and accommodating staff” add to the appeal of this “unfailingly good” Lebanese, which is “always very lively, despite its out-of-the-way location, in Jericho”. Prices are “very reasonable” and although “the mezze are probably the best bet”, the more substantial fare is “tender and delicious”.
10. The Vaults And Garden Cafe British, Modern restaurant in Oxford University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Radcliffe Sq - OX1
“In the old chapter house of a 14th-century university church” with outside tables on Radcliffe Square, this “idyllic” self-service spot offers “delicious and inexpensive” food (“especially vegetarian”); “don't go on a Saturday if you're in a hurry, as queues are long”.
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